class·​ism | \ ˈkla-ˌsi-zəm How to pronounce classism (audio) \

Definition of classism

: prejudice or discrimination based on class

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classist \ ˈkla-​sist How to pronounce classist (audio) \ adjective

Examples of classism in a Sentence

a society plagued by racism and classism

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At the time of its publication, this was undoubtedly a comment on classism. Vanessa Golembewski, Glamour, "Have You Noticed They're Always Reading on Friends? Yes, Even Joey," 2 July 2018 And her subject matter has expanded to address issues like xenophobia, classism and mental health stigma. New York Times, "Why Franchesca Ramsey Is Done Feeding the Trolls," 10 May 2018 The real problem is not these athletes taking a knee, but race relations and classism in America. Napoleon Harris Iii, Daily Southtown, "Protest policy shows how the NFL has become truly un-American," 2 June 2018 The show will seek to take families from different geographical and social backgrounds to hit hot-button issues such as politics, classism, gender and race, with the ultimate goal being to find common ground on every topic. Tyler Mccarthy, Fox News, "'Wife Swap' returning at CMT promising to help 'divided' America," 8 Mar. 2018 There’s a sexism to that and there’s also a classism to that. Rhonda Garelick As Told To Sarah Spellings, The Cut, "Meet Rhonda Garelick, the Cut’s Critic of Fashion, Aesthetics, and Politics," 1 Feb. 2018 But there have also been reviews (including in this paper) that wonder if the protagonist is a punching bag for cheap laughs and classism. Taffy Brodesser-akner, New York Times, "Tonya Harding Would Like Her Apology Now," 10 Jan. 2018 This is not the kind of drink that would have been served five years ago in a place that serves tater tots, but fortunately for us, that sort of potable and edible classism has largely been relegated to history’s dustbin. Andy Staples,, "Penn State's Wrinkles Messed With Michigan. What's in Store for Its Other Big Ten Challengers?," 23 Oct. 2017 The global approaches of Ambedkar and Du Bois must serve as an inspiration in the fight against white supremacy and Brahmin supremacy—as well as against classism, sexism and empire. Cornel West And Suraj Yengde, The Root, "A Shared History of Struggle Should Unite India’s Dalits and African Americans in the Fight for Equality," 12 June 2017

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First Known Use of classism

1842, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of classism

: unfair treatment of people because of their social or economic class

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the range of authority or knowledge

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